Engineering Services

IDI specializes in the design and prototyping of custom steel material handling containers with a specific focus on the automotive and transportation industries. The company designs racks and containers that integrate with robotic work cells and manufacturing line feed equipment. Because every container is unique within its own environment, our engineering staff is trained to look for potential problems before they occur.

Established originally in 1996, IDI has grown to become one of the premier Material Handling Companies in the industry.  Located in Dearborn, Michigan and occupying (2) adjacent buildings totaling 30,000 sq. ft., IDI can handle all of your Material Handling container requirements.

The IDI Design staff works closely with our clients to look upstream and downstream in the supply chain to understand the container parameters.  Clients realize cost savings from our System-Integrator approach.

IDI utilizes Team Center Engineering to provide Project Life Cycle Management solutions.  Combined with our CATIA and UniGraphics NX Computer Aided Design stations, we provide cutting edge design capabilities.

IDI hosts online Design review meetings, allowing stakeholders to participate from their desks, eliminating costly travel expenses.  This technology has allowed IDI to work with clients throughout North America and as far away as South Africa.

Prototype Development

IDI has complete in house prototype capabilities.  Our large staff of Prototype Specialists build full size working prototype containers.  The design staff works closely with the prototype department as the prototype is being built.  With design and prototype under the same roof, the design can be modified along the way and more than one design option can be tried.  This continuous interaction between design and prototype has proven to be the most important stage of the process.

IDI’s Prototype Specialists have a vast knowledge in Manufacturing Processes and assist in ensuring the container is Designed For Manufacturing.

IDI’s manufacturing facility has equipment for complete metal fabrication including shearing plate up to 10′ long, production punching of holes and slots, press brakes for forming steel, MIG and TIG welding plus plasma burning.

IDI also has a complete machining center with (1) two-axis and (1) three-axis Chevalier CNC Mills.  Prototype dunnage components can be CNC milled from the 3D solid model our design staff has developed.  Intricate, high tolerance parts can be machined for any application. IDI uses third-party sources for contracted 3D Printing of plastic dunnage systems which can save time in the design and prototyping process.



Program Management

Program Management is another service that IDI can offer which allows our customers the confidence to assign projects and know that they will see the results expected. We are a turn-key organization that can start with your part CAD data and turn it into a real-world container solution. Each PM has years of experience allowing them to quickly analyze production system needs and propose the best overall system through a communicated response.




Get visibility into your Supply Chain like never before!  IDI’s sister company RF-IDI has developed an easy to use RFID Container Tracking system.  Monitor your container movement from any computer with our cloud based software. 

Our quick install system allows for low cost pilot programs with immediate payback. Our i5 Tracking Software helps reduce costly expedited freight by using dashboard metrics for an at a glance Supply Chain status.  Reduce container fleet sizes through better container management.

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